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Do Chicago's All-Stars measure up?

July 01, 2012|RedEye

Major League Baseball unveiled the 2012 All-Star teams on Sunday, and while Chicago will be well-represented, we can't help but question some of its decisions. (Don't even get us started on how the White Sox's Alex Rios andA.J. Pierzynski were snubbed). Some of the Chicago selections look good on paper, but are they really All-Stars? Here's what we think about whether they're stars or strikes.

Adam Dunn, White Sox: Strike

We know he's lit up the scoreboard MUCH more often than last season; 24 home runs and 58 RBIs are mighty impressive. But is theAll-Star Gamemight not need a guy barely hitting over .200 who strikes out 45 percent of the time.

Paul Konerko, White Sox: Star

Konerko quietly led the AL in batting average for a good chunk of the season. His 14 homers and 40 RBIs aren't too shabby, either, and he's as clutch as they come, batting .393 with runners in scoring position and two outs entering Sunday.

Chris Sale, White Sox: Star

When you're 23, as Sale is, you can make the ball do some funky things. Opposing hitters have learned that the hard way, as he's gone 9-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 94 strikeouts. Just don't overdo it, Kid. Fans want to see a lot more of this.

Bryan LaHair, Cubs: Strike

The first baseman has his insanely hot start to thank for his selection. LaHair was hitting .384 as of early May, but as of Sunday his average was down to .284. Don't expect viewers seeing him for the first time to be terribly impressed.

Starlin Castro, Cubs: Star

If nothing else, that fact that the shortstop almost never walks means he's likely to keep things exciting. He's been known to bail out pitchers with spectacular plays in the field, too, so those unfamiliar with him won't be disappointed.

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